I like people. I adore people. Truth told, I’m often accused of being a Serial Optimist.
I’m proud of these character traits. My partner and I strive to instill these traits in our children. This Is How We Do.
As I meet people, I constantly attempt to find our likenesses rather than notice our differences.
It’s who I am.
As a World Traveler, I see discrimination and prejudice in every city I visit. Whether racist stereotypes related to ethnicity or other types of prejudice, the feelings are palpable. I experience either discrimination or prejudice on a daily basis.
I ignore prejudices against me whenever possible. C’mon, raise your hand if you’ve met a newborn baby who gives someone the stink eye? Uh-Uh. Because it just doesn’t happen.
Remember folks, prejudice is a learned behavior. There are 100s of Psychology studies proving this simple fact.
Truth time for the Ladies out there now.
How well could you ignore 30+ men undressing you with their eyes as you step outside baggage claim at the airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?
Oh, did I forget to mention?
It’s 10:00 p.m. on a weekday (I didn’t plan my itinerary. A travel agent in Laos booked it. D’oh!)
You have an 18-month-old strapped to your back.
And you’re a solo female traveler.
Yeah. I had that feeling, too.
Some days I stay inside all day because I know I won’t handle others’ negativity well in the moment.
But I’m a survivor.
So I press on. There’s far too much culture and world to see out there to stop now! I’m a World Traveller, dammit.
While I do recognize it’s not other people’s ways to be all-accepting, I do not accept the negative, racist, prejudiced social culture pervading our society today.
News Flash, folks!
This is not a uniquely “American” social culture. Don’t kid yourselves.
There is negativity, racism and prejudice in every city. In every nation. In every community. Worldwide.
I’m not joining the hypocrites and saying, “I don’t see a person’s skin colour.”
I do see many traits in others, including…
– skin colour
– sexual orientation
– ethnicity and/or nationality
– other abilities
– gender and/or transgender
– health status
– socio-economic status
– political views
– religion (This often eludes me since it’s never a reason I will/will not speak with a person.)
However, while I see these traits and choices in people, I don’t allow them to skew my honest, open perception of a person. I refuse to allow prejudice to override my sensibility, sensitivity and kindness.
I will fight for equality, harmony, tolerance and peace until my dying day. With my dying breath I will say, “Peace…”
I recognize each person as uniquely Beautiful. I strive to honor people, pay them respect, cherish their gifts, promote their differences.
Side note: If we all shared the same traits inside and out, how awful would life be? See Brave New World or 1984 for reference. High fives to Misters Huxley and Orwell. You shed light on what homogeneous society and totalitarianism would look like. Yeesh.
I refuse to stand by idly and allow others to denigrate, shun or instill fear in others without reason.
I hope you’ll join me in the fight against injustice, hate, prejudice and fear-based negative behaviors.
Be a Serial Optimist.
Fall in love with peace and love and joy and sharing belly laughs.
Isn’t it our duty, right and privilege to share the love?
To spread love exponentially?
To find likenesses rather than differences?
I’m making these intentions my focus. I hope you’ll join me.
Go forth and prosper, my friends.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
Protect your own self-worth and divinity, and that in others.
Stand up for what’s right, no matter what the cost.
Speak Out against injustices in the world as you see them occuring.
“Namaste. an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India and especially on the trail in the Nepal Himalaya. Translated roughly, it means “I bow to the God within you”, or “The Spirit within me salutes the Spirit in you” – a knowing that we are all made from the same One Divine Consciousness.”
Today’s article deserves two Songs du Jour, don’t you agree?
Song du Jour: Pastime Paradise by Stevie Wonder
Song du Jour: Imagine by John Lennon
Some information regarding biases pulled from this webiste: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_emp/—emp_ent/—multi/documents/publication/wcms_116342.pdf